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Can I get a 100% mortgage in 2020?

What is LTV (and are 100% LTV mortgages possible?)

When you’re looking to buy a property with a mortgage, you’ll be looking at what’s known as the LTV, or Loan-To-Value. It’s pretty much what it sounds like – the proportion of the total cost of the property that will be covered by your mortgage loan.

It’s important to note that when we talk about 100% LTV mortgages, we’re referring to one lender offering 100% of the purchase price without additional security against the loan. So, for lenders to be lending 100% of a property value, that would be taking a pretty big risk (and costing a lot,) so it’s no real surprise that these are seen as a thing of the past.

However, this does not include products branded as “no deposit”.

Below is a handy video guide to LTV and a table with a breakdown – we’ve included the figures for 100% for comparison.

Or, you can skip to some 100% mortgage alternatives.

100% mortgages

Our expert advisors are extremely up to date on all things mortgages and with access to the whole-of-market, they get a good insight into what products are currently available.

Here’s what they had to say:

Due to COVID-19 and uncertainty for lenders, almost all lenders are looking for at least a 10% deposit for products where applicants have clean credit, unless it is a product like help-to-buy equity loans. Where the credit is imperfect, we can expect this to be, in some cases, up to 15 or 20%. At this time, 100% LTV mortgages are extremely unlikely, even with products changing daily.

(18th November 2020)

So for now, higher LTV (Loan-To-Value) mortgages are much more difficult to access HOWEVER, there may be other options for no deposit mortgages – not to be confused with 100% LTV mortgages.

Loan-To-Value (LTV) Table

Here’s a small table to help you visualise what LTV you may be looking at. For this example, we’ve used a house valued at £100,000 as a model.

  • LTV %’s can also be in 5% increments, but for this example, we’ve kept it simple as a visual tool.
loan to value table example

No (or Low) Deposit Mortgages (Alternatives for 100% Mortgages)

Now here’s the thing, just because 100% LTV mortgages (one lender offering 100% of the purchase price without additional security against the loan) are not available, it does not necessarily mean that products branded as “no deposit” may not be.

Options include:

  • Right-To-Buy Mortgages – Some lenders will allow applicants to use their right-to-buy discount as a deposit. This is, however, at the discretion of the lender and the relevant local authority.
  • Guarantor Mortgages – Not as common this year, but this option would see a lender place a friend or relative’s savings in a savings account for a fixed amount of time as security against the mortgage. This again will vary between lenders and availability of these schemes is inconsistent in 2020.
  • Gifted Deposits from Family and Friends – Sometimes borrowing funds from loved ones is an option; the caveat will be that lenders require a signed letter to say that the applicant will be under no obligation to pay this money back to the source of the deposit.
  • Help-to-Buy Mortgages – A popular alternative, these can require as little as a 5% deposit. The scheme offers applicants an equity loan that lets them borrow for an interest-free deposit. Buyers are able to repay this equity loan at any time without any additional charges. If you don’t repay, when you sell, the government will take a stake from the property’s current value. This scheme is restricted to new-build properties with a value under £600,000. There are lots of rules for this type of mortgage so it may be worth speaking to an advisor.

First Steps To Getting A Mortgage

Once you’ve got an idea of where you stand, we’d always recommend speaking to an advisor – even if you don’t go ahead right now.

They’ll be able to give you an idea of a reasonable and doable timeline for your mortgage application.

When you’re matched for free through Mortgage Buddy, your initial scoping conversations and advice from your advisor are free and no obligation. This stage is to analyse where you are, and if there are any bad-credit elements to your application that need to be allowed time to minimise the impact on your credit profile.

If this sounds like your next step, feel free to give us a call on 0800 464 7170 or fill out this form and we’ll be able to match you with an advisor right away.